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The Story of Japan's Hidden Christians Emerges from the Vatican Archives
Last edited 17th September 2015

Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library.


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9/11: When John Paul II Grieved with America
Last edited 13th September 2015

As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II.


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On WWII Anniversary, Pope says 'Never Again' to War
Last edited 3rd September 2015

Pope Francis remembered the official end of the Second World War on Wednesday with the plea: “never again,” and he decried similar horrors from today’s bloody conflicts, denouncing weapons trafficking.


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37 Years Ago, John Paul I was Elected Pope
Last edited 26th August 2015

On August 26, 1978 Albino Luciani was elected Pope. Overlooking St. Peter's Square, John Paul I gave his first blessing. He decided to honor his predecessors by combining their names. From John XXIII he took the name John and from Paul VI, the name Paul. After only 33 days as the head of the Catholic Church, John Paul I died suddenly at the age of 65. It's marked as the shortest papacy in modern history.

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800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta
Last edited 18th June 2015

On the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Church's central role in creating the historic charter that remains the basis of English, American and Australian constitutional and common law is being recognised.


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Priests in History Who were Killed while Celebrating Mass
Last edited 25th May 2015

Pope Saint Sixtus II died in the third century and Saint Stanislaus of Poland in the eleventh. Although they lived hundreds of years apart in completely different contexts, these two have something in common: They were both murdered while celebrating mass.

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ANZAC Day: The Story of Lance Corporal Mick Stafford
Last edited 22nd April 2015

When Redemptorist Brother Dan Stafford OAM attends this week's ANZAC Eve Centenary Vigil Mass of Remembrance at St Mary's Cathedral he will be wearing the Military Medal awarded to his father, Michael "Mick" Stafford for "bravery in the field" during World War I: "Dad was just 18 when he joined the first Australian Imperial Force in October 1914 shortly after war was declared and he saw action in Gallipoli, Belgium and France," says Brother Dan.


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Who Are the Two Polish Priests Martyred in Peru?
Last edited 5th February 2015

Two Polish priest killed by a Communist group in Peru were among those recognized as martyrs by Pope Francis on Feb. 3. Father Michele Tomaszek and Father Zbigneo Strzalkowski of the Conventual Friars Minor, were killed Aug. 9, 1991, by the “Shining Path” terrorist group in Peru. At the time of their death, they were 31 and 33 years old, respectively.


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Human Rights After the Holocaust
Last edited 2nd February 2015

Even though it ended seventy years ago, the Holocaust still gives a stark and relevant warning on dehumanization and persecution today, say leaders on human rights and Holocaust history.


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A Short History of the Vatican Christmas Trees
Last edited 21st December 2014

Every December, a giant Christmas tree decorates St. Peter's Square. For years, only Italian regions gave it to the Vatican as a gift. But in 2008 this spruce came all the way from Piesting Valley, in Austria. It was 109 feet tall and had 120 years. After Austria, it was the turn of Belgium. In 2009, this fir of 89 feet and 6 tons came from the town of Spa. Italy also gave a spruce in 2010. More than 3,000 golden spheres were needed to decorate it.

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